I have been giving some serious thought lately as to how I define what it means to be successful and wealthy for our children. Tricky subject. I just finished reading Tim Keller’s book, The Prodigal God, (which I highly recommend) and discovered that he would be speaking at the Generous Giving Conference in Orlando. Keller is the Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian church in Manhattan. He did not disappoint!
Below is the passage he shared from I Timothy and then offered a masterful explanation of both success and wealth as gifts from God for us to; a) enjoy, and b) steward to build up the Kingdom of God. When he was done it occurred to me that this passage is integral to any definition of wealth and success that passes an eternal test. My prayer is that somehow and someway God will encourage you in your life and family, and that God will bless us with perseverance and courage to continue to teach and model well our mission and purpose that our school be a lighthouse of learning and faith for many generations to come!
1 Tim 6:6-10
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
1 Tim 6:17-19
17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.